Shortly after I subscribed to 23 and me DNA company I met Sandra Taliaferro (http://ineverknewmyfather.blogspot.com) and Taneya Koonce
(http://www.taneya-kalonji.com/genblog/) both DNA related cousins and they both blog.
|23 and me Chromosome comparison Sandra and I on chromosome four and Taneya Koonce and I over 2 segments on chromosome 10 both related to me on my paternal side.|
My cousin Sandra was my biggest inspiration to start blogging. She chided me about consistency and chastised me about grammar and I realize now that her efforts were to improve my writing not hinder it. I miss her so much since her passing. She inferred upon me an obligation to my ancestors to tell their stories, and to not allow someone else to tell their stories. Someone who would only grace the surface and not delve into substance, like those post Civil War photographers did who filmed the masses of black people after freedom standing around with looks of bewilderment on their faces, unnamed, and unnameable still, leaving the viewer to wonder what their individual stories were.
Like Sandra I never knew my father either. When Mother got sick I grew up in a foster home placed there when I was five the second time and when I was two months the first time. My dad and me have developed a relationship since, but for years when my psyche was the most influential I didn't know him, not really. Sure, I knew who he was, what he looked like, but I didn't know his deeper self. That self we keep submerged, with only our face exposed upon the surface. Its that deeper self that no one ever really knows unless you allow them in. So this blog is for Sandra, and all my DNA relatives but especially for Sandra Taliaferro who was about to go live on a new blog shortly before her untimely, demise. It's called Harvest of the Helix because of the double helix of DNA and I will share my findings and any new cousin connections I receive.